It was the client’s family situation – a mother with two young daughters and their cat – that inspired Japanese architects UID to create a “nest” for their home in Onomichi City, Japan. Conceived as a place where the family would live in close proximity to each other, the architects took references from bird nests to create a vast living space with few divisions. At the ground floor entrance of The Nest is the heart of the house – a planted garden complete with moss landscaping and trees that grow through one of several cut outs between the ground floor and first floor and rise towards a skylight in the double height first floor ceiling. In keeping with the architects’ vision, this large open space is constructed from processed panels made from reclaimed wood and fallen leaves. Punctuated with large windows and more skylights that look up to the mountain that the house lies at the foot of, this voluminous area of the house is perched to look over nature just as a nest in a forest would be.

UID architects are known not only for their signature natural aesthetic but also for their pioneering ideas in architecture, which in The Nest is found in concrete floors that become kitchen surfaces and sunken living areas that create uninterrupted, sweeping lines. Nature, innovation and a touch of the traditional Japanese house make The Nest exactly that for a modern Japanese family.